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Welcome back! Here’s a summer news recap: Hypoallergenic peanuts, EPICS, NC TraCS & more

To all who were gone over the summer, welcome back. Here’s a rundown of the top research-related news at A&T since May:

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New catalog of Piedmont Triad’s aerospace assets features N.C. A&T and JSNN research capabilities

Catalog coverThe North Carolina Aerospace Initiative has published a new document titled, “Catalog of Innovation Assets Supporting Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturers,” focusing on the Piedmont Triad Region.

It provides an extensive rundown of labs, research centers and organizations of interest to aerospace firms, with much of the catalog devoted to N.C. AT&T and JSNN.  Facilities listed for the two institutions include:

  • JSNN: NanoBio Launchpad, Gateway Materials Testing Center, and NanoManufacturing Innovation Consortium.
  • A&T: College of Engineering, Center for Human Machine Studies, Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures, Center for Composite Materials Research, NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials, the Transportation Institute , Center for Autonomous Control and Information Technology, Center for Advanced Studies in Identity Sciences, Center for Aviation Safety, Center for Cyber Defense, Waste Management Institute, Center for Energy Research and Technology (CERT), NSF CREST Bioenergy Center, NOAA Interdisciplinary Scientific Environmental Technology Cooperative Science Center, International Trade Center, Interdisciplinary Center for Entrepreneurship and E-Business, and the FAA Center for Excellence for General Aviation.

The report was prepared by RTI International for the Piedmont Triad Partnership.

Two announcements from Nano Manufacturing 2014: Conference’s keynote speaker and call for papers

The Nano Manufacturing 2014 conference has announced its keynote speaker, Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf, and issued a call for papers with an abstract deadline of August 31.

The conference will be held Wednesday September 24 at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, Gateway University Research Park in Greensboro.

head shot of Dr. Friedersdorf

Dr. Lisa Friedersdorf

The event is being organized by the Joint School, Gateway and the North Carolina Center of Innovation for Nanobiotechnology. JSNN and Gateway are joint initiatives of N.C. A&T and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Keynote speaker

Dr. Friedersdorf became Deputy Director of the National Nanotechnology Coordination Office (NNCO) in May. She has been involved in nanotechnology for nearly 20 years, with a particular interest in advancing technology commercialization through university-industry-government collaboration. Before joining the NNCO two years ago, she was the Managing Director of the Institute for Nanoscale and Quantum Scientific and Technological Advanced Research (nanoSTAR) at the University of Virginia.

Call for paper and posters

Presentations and posters must be related to the conference. Email your abstract to Elie Azzi; the deadline is August 31.

Nanomanufacturing consortium adds 10 members

Ten new members have been added to the Nanomanufacturing Innovation Consortium since the group was established last year by the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering and Gateway University Research Park.

From the Triad Business Journal:

“The Nanomanufacturing Innovation Consortium was formed in July 2013 with an initial group of members that included RF Micro Devices, Syngenta and VF Jeanswear among others. Members pay a fee to join the NIC and in return gain access to the JSNN’s cutting-edge equipment as well as access to ideas and expertise from the school’s scientists.

“Other companies have joined since including International Textile Group’s Cone Denim and Burlington divisions, Callaway Carbons, Horiba and AxNano. The 25th member of the group and the most recent to join is Luna Innovations (NASDAQ: LUNA), a Roanoke company that makes fiber optic tools for the telecommunications, aerospace, automotive, energy and defense industries.”

Click here to see the full report in the Business Journal.

The Joint School and Gateway were founded by N.C. A&T and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

JSNN researchers go both broad and deep with new book on nanotechnology advances and applications

Cover of nanotechnology book produced by JSNN researchersThe Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering is a collaborative enterprise by nature, with two universities contributing faculty and students.* Its researchers have extended that teamwork with a new book on nanotechnology.

Nanoscience and Nanoengineering: Advances and Applications was written by researchers in both disciplines at the school and a small number of collaborators at other institutions. It was edited by the school’s leadership — Dr. Ajit D. Kelkar, chairman of the Department of Nanoengineering; Dr. Daniel J.C. Herr, chairman  of the Department of Nanosciences; and Dr. James G. Ryan, founding dean of the school.

The book focuses on emerging areas of nanotechnology. “To show the true interdisciplinary nature of nanotechnology, the authors wanted to address the breadth of the field, from research to manufacturing, while also providing sufficient depth that the reader would gain understanding of some of the most important discoveries,” the editors write in the preface.

Topics covered include nanoelectronics, nanobio, nano medicine, nanomodeling,  nanolithography and nanofabrication, and nanosafety.

“This book is intended to be used by students and professionals alike with a goal of sparking their interest to investigate more deeply into the technological advances achieved through manipulation of atomic building blocks,” the editors write.

The book is available online from the publisher, CRC Press, for $159.95 or $111.00 for the ebook. CRC also offers ebook rentals. Amazon lists the book for $143.63.  And if you hurry, you could be Amazon’s first online reviewer.

* If you aren’t from around here or deep into the nano world, the JSNN is a research and graduate-level educational institution operated by N.C. A&T State University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 

 

Clean-energy developer Adewuyi, other faculty honored with 2014 Research Excellence Awards

A nationally recognized pioneer in clean-energy development has been named Senior Researcher of the Year at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.

Over a career of more than 25 years, Dr. Yusuf “Debo” Adewuyi has skillfully fused chemical engineering and environmental science to explore new dimensions of energy production, including the use of nanoscale materials and sound-wave technology for pollution control.

Dr. Adewuyi is one of five individual researchers and one research team selected this year for N.C. A&T’s highest research honor, the Research Excellence Awards. In addition to Dr. Adewuyi, the honorees are:

  • Dr. Justin Zhan, Department of Computer Science, Outstanding Junior Researcher;
  • Dr. Stephanie Kelly, Department of Business Education, and Dr. Lifeng Zhang, Department of Nanoengineering at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, co-winners of the Rookie of the Year award;
  • Dr. Salil Desai, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Intellectual Property Award; and
  • The NSF CREST Bioenergy Center, Interdisciplinary Team Award.

They were chosen from a field consisting of faculty members selected as researchers of the year by their colleges and schools. The winners and nominees will be honored Friday April 11 at the annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence.

Details on the winners follow the jump.

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Electrospun Meta-aramid Mats and Their Application

This week’s Engineering Research Center-Bioengineering Joint Seminar, Friday February 7, 11 a.m., McNair Hall, Auditorium:

Topic: Electrospun Meta-aramid Mats and Their Application

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Dr. Hak Yong Kim

Speaker: Dr. Hak Yong Kim, Professor of Bio-Info-Nano Fusion Technology and Professor of Organic Materials and Fiber, Chonbuk National University, Jeonbuk, Korea.  Dr. Kim’s areas of research include biomaterials, polymeric composites and functional materials. He has 245 refereed journal publications with a total of over 5,200 citations. He holds 6 U.S. patents and 80 Korean patents.

Abstract: The effect of salt formation during condensation polymerization on the  morphology of electrospun meta-aramid fibers was investigated. The presence of a by-product salt (calcium chloride, CaCl2) improved the electrospinnability of the meta-aramid solution and induced the formation of a spider-web-like structure in the mats.

The effect of the concentration of the solution and applied voltage on the formation of the spider-web-like fibrous structure was investigated. FE-SEM images indicated that the very thin fibers were uniformly distributed with thick fibers throughout the mats in the form of a spider-web-like structure. TGA showed that the thermal stability of the electrospun meta-aramid mats was affected by CaCl2.

The observed enhancement in the thermal and mechanical properties of the mats, which was attributed to the formation of the spider-web-like structure, may increase the number of potential applications of meta-aramid, such as second battery separator, water/air filtration, protective clothing and electrical insulation.